Turning down the heat: Army chief calls on V K Singh

Sources said neither touched upon internal matters of the Army related to succession and postings.

Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | Published:June 14, 2014 3:20 am
Gen Bikram Singh also offered Army assistance to implement development projects in the states. Gen Bikram Singh also offered Army assistance to implement development projects in the states.

In what is being seen as a initiative to cut the acrimony between Minister of State V K Singh and the Army that he used to lead, serving Army Chief General Bikram Singh reached out to his predecessor Friday, meeting him in the Ministry for Development of Northeast Region to discuss “matters of mutual interest.”

The meeting, which lasted almost half an hour, took place after the recent unpleasantness over VK SIngh’s controversial remarks against top officer Lt Gen Dalbir Singh who is set to take over as the next Army Chief in the end of July.

Sources close to Gen Bikram Singh said that the officer called upon the minister as a matter of courtesy and to discuss the development of the N-E region where the Army has significant presence. Gen Bikram Singh also offered Army assistance to implement development projects in the states.

Sources said the meeting was the personal initiative of the Army chief who wished to greet his predecessor and pass on his best wishes for his new innings as a Central minister in the government.
Incidentally, Gen Bikram Singh also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the morning to give him a war room briefing on the operational preparedness of the Army. However, officials said that it has no connection to the meeting with V K Singh, insisting that it was a “personal initiative” of the chief. “Gen Bikram Singh has met several ministers over the past few days, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,” said a senior Army officer.

Days ago, V K Singh’s comments accusing Lt Gen Dalbir Singh of protecting troops who in his words committed dacoity and killed innocents, came after The Indian Express reported that the BJP government, in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, had called V K Singh’s action as the Army Chief against Dalbir Singh in 2012 “illegal” and “premeditated.”

Sources said neither touched upon internal matters of the Army related to succession and postings.
As reported, following V K Singh’s tweet against the Army chief-designate, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley made it clear in Parliament that the government’s appointment of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh as the next chief is final and that it “fully stands for it.” This came amid calls for V K Singh’s resignation by the Congress.

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    kumar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 5:33 am
    It was relieved to know that Mr. VK Singh is not part of the MOD. Winston Churchill once said "War is too important to be left to the Generals". Mr. VK Singh's actions are testimony to the age old wisdom.
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      Trish
      Jun 16, 2014 at 5:35 am
      The deficiency were already well known to our rivals across both borders. Still, nothing were being done much to our frustrations.
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        himatwala
        Jun 14, 2014 at 5:08 am
        Mr. VK Singh had pla multiple games witharmy and UPA on behest of RSS/BJP (pushing personal agenda of DOB and possibleground for Ashok Singh , Father-in-law son/daughter becoming Army Chief). Itshows level to which RSS/BJP goes to undermine insution like Army for power.He is rewarded for this contribution which shows how much he helped RSS/BJP inthe game of destabilizing UPA government.
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          I J
          Jun 14, 2014 at 4:43 am
          North east separatists will not say they are satisfied because "separatism" benefits some clans .
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            James
            Jun 14, 2014 at 12:58 am
            I doubt the intelligence of VK Singh and his apude to be in the position of MoS for North East. During his tenure as Army chief he went public with details of deficiencies in fighting capabilities of the Indian Army much to the detriment of national security. Now he is creating unnecessary ruckus over appointment of new Army Chief. Time to wield the whip Mr Modi!
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              Sachin Jagade
              Jun 14, 2014 at 9:24 am
              It's time to move beyond the controversy and focus on improving our internal and external security. Our enemies across the border are well organised and committed to cause disturbance and mayhem at our borders and within our country. Let us focus on destroying our enemies intentions.
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                Upadhyaya Bishan
                Jun 14, 2014 at 4:47 am
                Excellent comradeship as usual in army.
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                  vikas
                  Jun 14, 2014 at 4:53 am
                  Modi may have suggested the meeting. To legitimize his appointment as MoS?
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                    vikas
                    Jun 14, 2014 at 4:47 am
                    Mr. VK Singh had pla multiple games with army and UPA on behest of RSS/BJP (pushing personal agenda of DOB and possible ground for Ashok Singh , Father-in-law son/daughter becoming Army Chief). It shows level to which RSS/BJP goes to undermine insution like Army for power. He is rewarded for this contribution which shows how much he helped RSS/BJP in the game of destabilizing UPA government.
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